Lions’ Owens sets 4 school records in football loss

FULTON, Mo. – Finlandia freshman receiver Bryon Owens broke four school records as the Finlandia University football team lost 42-32 to Westminster, Saturday afternoon at Blue Jay Field.

The Lions (0-7, 0-4 UMAC) set eight school records on the day.

Westminster (2-4, 1-3) drew first blood, scoring with 2:58 left in the first quarter. The Blue Jays would score two touchdowns in the second quarter. Finlandia got a boost when freshman Fernando Monroe fired a 17-yard touchdown strike to freshman Javon Bickham at halftime.

The second half was one of balance between the two teams. In the fourth quarter, Owens returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest kickoff return in school history and the first punt or kickoff returned for a score.

The Lions went long one more time as Monroe hooked up with Owens for a 94-yard touchdown pass, the longest pass play in school history. That made it 42-32 with 3:04 left. FU went for an onside kick, but Westminster recovered and ran the clock out.


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